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Chip Cohen: Tall Tales and Twin Fiddles

Submitted by stumpkicker on 3/20/2016

Where Purchased: From author

Overall Comments

This book is aimed at intermediate fiddlers who want to learn some twin fiddle parts to popular tunes. The author gives 21 tunes, 17 O T and 4 Celtic. He gives you a melody line and underneath it is a parallel 2nd fiddle line.  Bowing indications rare; however he discusses it briefly in the back of the book. Though there is no method given for creating the 2nd fiddle part, it seems that you are playing a low tenor harmony to the melody line.

I recently started playing the 2nd part while my thumb dropping friend takes the lead, and that also works out well.    

Negatives are few, the MP3 only plays the tune twice thru though most tunes are well known enough that you can find free play along  tracks online. The Tall Tale section that precedes each tune is kind of lame (except for Cripple Creek's punch line that still makes me chuckle.) All in all a good tutorial I recommend to all intermediate fiddlers who want to stretch their wings.




Overall Rating: 9

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